You know a company is important when the first thing you read about them is how they have two other major competitors in a bidding war for control of the company. When I say bidding war, I mean the World War III of bidding. Billions upon billions of dollars are being thrown around like it’s nothing. Kind of puts my whole dollar increases on EBay into perspective. As of this writing, the bid is currently just under $9.7 billion dollars. Yeah, I’ll pass. I mean, I would have done for $9.5 billion, but $9.7 is simply ludicrous.
Unspeakable amounts of money aside, this company is in a position of power. Which means, you need to get your hands on an online Family Dollar application without delay. Who would have thought a store with a single dollar in the name would be worth so much money. Let’s talk about how you can get your foot in the door with this massively popular company.
A Company Overview & History
Before it was worth almost ten billion dollars (I still can’t believe that) the company was a dream in the eye of 21-year-old entrepreneur Leon Levine. In 1959 he opened the first Family Dollar in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company spread throughout the 1960’s across the southern regions of the United States. By 1969 Charlotte alone had fifty stores of their own.
The 70’s brought on public trading for the company, with stocks selling at $14.50 per share. A distribution center was opened in Matthews, North Carolina, and the Family Dollar stock started trading on the New York Stock Exchange. You know what I did over the course of the last ten years? None of that. That was a busy decade for the company.
It wasn’t until 2003 that Leon Levine retired and his son became the chairman and CEO of the company. Now, the company is the second largest variety store in the United States, with 8,100 locations. The headquarters alone in Matthews, North Carolina employs 1,400 people. Is it a building or a small country? I’m going to assume it’s the latter.
With a mission statement that reads: “To be a compelling place to shop, work, and invest,” the company certainly starts off on the right foot, and then tumbles into an entire vault of pure gold coins. Career opportunities are available in the stores, the distribution centers, and the corporate country, I mean office.
They’re all trying to buy this company apparently. Well, even so, check out Dollar Tree and apply there. When you’re finished planting seeds, check out our page for Dollar General, which is not actually a dollar store, but still has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. Finally, apply for a position with Walmart because it’s time to go big or go home.
Family Dollar Application Online
I was going to charge a dollar for access to this section, but the logistics of it all, not to mention the PayPal fees associated with it just didn’t make sense. So you get this all for free, lucky you. Start by heading to the Family Dollar careers page on their website. Once you’re there, you can use our step-by-step process to ensure you get everything done.
- Choose a career category and select the “Search Store Opportunities” option to begin.
- Select a field and location to search all open positions. Select a job title to see a detailed description.
- Choose “Apply Online” and create a username and password for your account.
- The Family Dollar employment form will consist of personal information, previous experience, and offer you the option (do it) to upload a resume. The process takes about forty minutes.
To learn more, go to the Family Dollar interview tips page.
Tips for Your Resume and Cover Letter
There’s something to be said about beating a dead horse, but I’m going to bring up the age old resume/cover letter question. It’s not a question people, just submitting a form online and going back to what you were doing is not good enough. Too many people do that, and they get pushed to the side because other people go the extra mile and provide additional documentation in the form of a resume and cover letter.
So, what does a good resume look like? Well, you can find plenty of free templates for use with word processing programs like Google Docs, and Microsoft Word. The ideal resume is concise and easy to read. An employer needs to be able to read through it in a manner of seconds and catch all the information they need. Don’t rattle on, and provide your work experience in the order of relevance.
Now, about a cover letter. These are delicate devices, but if done properly, they add personality to your application by allowing you to give more than just a bunch of information on an online form. The idea cover letter should start with you introducing yourself and specifically mentioning the position you are applying for. Through three separate paragraphs, you will outline your relevant skills and experience that applies specifically to that position.
Read the job qualifications until your eyes bleed, go see a doctor, and then come back and do it again. If you address and acknowledge these qualifications in your cover letter, you’re showing an employer that you’ve got everything the position requires, and then some. Don’t let this rattle on for too long though, this isn’t something you want to be more than half a page.
Helpful Tips For During and After You’ve Applied
For entry-level candidates, searching for a customer service representative position is a great place to get started. In this position, you will be operating the registers, stocking shelves, and unloading incoming shipments. You will also be tasked with helping customers find what they’re looking for and answer their questions.
If you have some previous experience, management positions are available in various levels, all of which involve supervising and maintaining the business. Finally, the best piece of advice I can give you is to follow up on your application. Family Dollar is like any other company in the sense that they want good people. True job seekers who are hungry for success will always come back to see how things are going.
Don’t become someone who bothers them at all hours of the day, but do become someone who stops in maybe once or twice a week, chats up the manager, and casually asks about their hiring status. Remember, subtlety is key, because they are going to hear this a hundred times a week from other job hopefuls. Be understanding and considerate in your follow-up sessions. When I say chat them up, I also don’t mean that you should give them your life’s story. Ask how they’re doing, make a joke about the weather or something, and then get down to business.
When you’ve got your answer, whatever it may be, thank them and leave. Or buy something and leave, but don’t stand around awkwardly once the conversation has ended. As a previous retail manager, I can’t stress enough how annoying it is when someone is just constantly stalking you while you’re trying to work. If nothing happens after a month or two, then you can reapply, wash, rinse, and repeat.
You don’t need to worry about all that though, because you’ve got this in the bag. You can have the joke about how much money the company is worth, and if you show the manager that you’re up to date on the company’s actions as a whole, you’ll really impress them.
Make the most of your Family Dollar application, but don’t ever forget that the ideal candidate is more than a pretty face. This knowledge is worth a lot more than a dollar, but I’ll give it to you free of charge. Best of luck in your career.